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Sunday, November 30, 2008

The animal comes out on black friday!

I have never done the early morning thing on Black Friday before, but there was actually something that interest me at Walmart this year, so I woke up at the butt crack of dawn (3:15 am) and drove down to Walmart. I was expecting to have to stand in line outside for an hour so I wore REALLY warm clothing. When I got there at 3:50 am the parking lot was full and there was no one lined up outside. I freaked out a little thinking that they had opened the doors early so I started running to the store. It turns out that the store was opened but all of the sale item things were being guarded by store employees and people were just allowed to stand around the item that they wanted and wait. I quickly found the display for the item that I was there for and there were about 15 other people around it. Wonderful, I thought! Surely I would get one. But we still had an hour to wait, so we waited and visited. It turns out that the big display was very deceiving and there were only about 25 units available, which would have been fine if everyone only wanted one, but no....they wanted two or three. They were actually claiming their items and saying that these two are mine and this one is yours etc. Wow, I thought, I might not get one. The crazy thing is that I made friends with many of the women and were talking and getting to know one another. The countdown made its way to 4:52 and someone announced that we had eight minutes left....almost there! Then from out of nowhere screams started erupting from in the store, which everyone took as a sign that it was time to SHOP! All of the sudden these nice ladies that I had just met became ANIMALS! I was shoved from behind and landed on the ladies in front of me. People were grabbing things from others and screaming obscenities at each other. I touched like three of the items, but they were quickly ripped from my hands. In my head I was thinking, someone is going to be trampled to death! The item that we were after was only $20 cheaper then normal price and I'm sorry but my life is worth more than $20! So I tried to climb out from under the pile. PHEW! I was dripping with sweat (remember I had dressed extra warm). I did get a few other things that were not so popular and bolted out of there. I'm not sure if I will ever try that again. I was not at all surprised to hear that someone was killed at a Walmart back east....honestly people, a "good deal" isn't really worth someones life! SHEESH!

14 comments:

HollySteffen said...

people become insane.

someone got trampled to death in nyc at a walmart.

its so sad.

triestep said...

I hear you about the craziness. I've gone out for the past 3 years and this year went the smoothest for me by far. The first year I went to WalMart the same thing happened to me and I was 8 months pregnant. I did get one of the items, but almost was knocked down thanks to crazy shoppers. One lady actually had to grab me and help me out of the madness. The secret this year was that I found out one WalMart is open all night and opens all of the black friday items except for some of the electronics way before 5 a.m. so we got most of the things we wanted and got in line (we were the 3rd in our line) and just went back and forth to get other items. I'll have to let you know about my little secret WalMart-if you're willing to venture out again next year!!!

Heidi Ashworth said...

Totally insane! I'm glad you got out of there intact!

Super Angie said...

First: your blog background is darling and you looked awesome at church today. :)

Second, people are stupid. I just don't understand how someone with any type of integrity could literally walk or step on another person. All I can think of is "what total white trash!"--sorry if thats rude or mean.

Amy said...

Yah, the crazy's come out don't they. Next year we are for sure going okay?

Bekki said...

I hear stories like that and it makes me so mad! Glad you're okay!

heather said...

i went to walmart on friday morning too...they didn't open the doors til 5 here though. i didn't want anything too crazy, and was done pretty quickly.

BreAnn said...

Holy poo that's crazy! What was it that you were trying to get? My sis-in-law had a simliar story at walmart, and I wonder if you were trying to get the same thing.

Amberly said...

You are funny. It has to be a smokin hot deal to deal with that kind of chaos! I go around 10am and see what is left.

Bri and the Gregster said...

I had an experience kind of like this!!! but only at roberts... the funny thing was when it was all done and over with the item that EVERYONE had to have and were going crazy about still had 30 or so left!!! People come on! and there were people lining up at Big Lots at 4:30 in the morning!!! What's at Big Lots that's worth being awake that early! I'm not really sure that I'll be doing the Black Friday thing again!

Tara said...

Dang girl, I am glad that you made it out alive! You are a brave soul. I went out at about 10:00 a.m. and got nothin'. Everything good was gone. Oh, well.
Thanks for your super sweet comment.
Love you!
xoxo

The Hartungs said...

I have friends who've gone thru that same thing, they were trying to get a furby back when they were popular, and she got knocked over a couple times and had 3 people taking them out of her hand or cart finally she had to give it to her hubby and they went RUNNING! TAGG YOUR IT! check out my latest post to see what to do!

Pattie said...

They should let you draw numbers as you get there so you are guaranteed one of the items if you are the first to arrive. Seems totally unfair that you stood there, a sweaty mess, for over an hour and didn't even get the prize. I guess you got a few other great deals at least.

crystal said...

Holy crap--i thought this pushing & shoving this was just urban legend.